At the time of writing OCZ didn't have its product page up so we're using the specs presented to media in the reviewers guide. So far OCZ has released details on three capacity sizes. Vector is the new flagship in the OCZ SSD product family so we don't expect to see a 64GB model. We don't expect to see anything larger than 512GB either until a move to 20nm flash occurs.
The Indilinx badge has popped up again on OCZ's new Vector SSD, but this time it has a deeper meaning. Yes, the Vector boasts custom firmware like its similarly infused predecessors. Unlike those other drives, though, the Vector has controller silicon all its own: the Indilinx Barefoot 3. This long-anticipated chip makes its debut in the Vector, and we've run the drive through its paces to see whether it's been worth the wait.
The new Barefoot 3 controller and firmware are specifically tuned for long-term performance in steady state conditions. This controller also does not rely upon compression for its performance. The result of this hard work comes with some truly impressive specifications with the 256GB model touting 550 MB/s read and 530MB/s write speeds. The Vector also tops out at 100,000 4k random write IOPS and 95,000 random read IOPS, all delivered over a SATA 6Gb/s connection. The OCZ Vector SSD comes in a mobile-friendly 7mm form factor and three capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
Today, OCZ is launching its Vector SSD, based on a brand new Barefoot 3 controller. Unlike the Vertex 4's Everest 2 logic, which was clearly branded as an Indilinx IDX400M00-BC, and at least made to look like an in-house design, we're assured that Barefoot 3 (IDX500M00-BC) is, in fact, OCZ's own, a product of its Indilinx and PLX acquisitions.
If you're the SSD savvy type, you may know the Indilinx branded Octane and Vertex 4 drives were actually Marvell based controllers with custom Indilinx firmware. Not so this time. The Indilinx Barefoot 3 is 100% OCZ in-house hardware and software. In fact, the entire drive is OCZ fabricated with the exception of the IMFT NAND as we'll see when we peek inside. The 6Gbps interfaced Vector carries some hefty read/write maximum specifications at 550/MBs and 530MB/s respectively with IOPS to match at 100,000/95,000. Although yet to hit shelves, the MSRP OCZ has relayed for each is as follows: $149.99, $269.99 and $559.99 for the 128GB, 256GB and 512GB drives.
Instead of releasing a plain-jane GIGABYTE branded reference design video card for its volume GeForce GTX 670 product, GIGABYTE injected its own style into its offering. Like the headlining products across the whole GIGABYTE GeForce 600 series, its top of the line GTX 670 product features a WINDFORCE cooler. Two iterations of the WINDFORCE cooler are available for GIGABYTE's GTX 670 products, one with two fans and the one we're looking at today, the WINDFORCE 3X, which if the name doesn't already tell you comes equipped with three fans. Just at first glance, the WINDFORCE cooler covers the whole surface of the card. The top layer is comprised of three low profile fans that come fittted in a sleek and smooth black plastic shroud. Below that layer comes two large (but thin) aluminum heatsinks which are attached using three copper heatpipes.
With NVIDIA running away with the title of the fastest video card on the market and AMD continuing to do nothing about it, it seemed that PowerColor decided to take matters into their own hands releasing the HD 7990 under the Devil 13 tag. This isn't the first time we've seen the Devil 13 tag as last year saw the PowerColor DEVIL13 HD 6970 which managed to really impress us.
The new AMD FX processors improve upon AMD's first 8-core desktop solution thanks to a next generation core architecture developed from the ground up to deliver an entirely new level of performance. The AMD FX-8350 8-Core Black Edition Processor comes unlocked and offers PC enthusiasts the ability to easily overclock the CPU. The AMD FX-8350 Black Edition comes with a 4.0 GHz base clock, but can reach 4.2 GHz thanks to Turbo mode. Read on to see how this new processor performs!
Corsair’s Neutron Series is designated as Corsair’s flagship performance series of SSD’s. There are two versions in the Neutron stable the Neutron and the Neutron GTX. The Neutron GTX has slightly higher performance and a slightly higher price point than the Neutron we are benching today.
Today, AMD is releasing its second-generation of FX CPUs, dubbed "Vishera." The FX-8350 is currently the highest-end model available, running at 4 GHz and costing USD 195. Let's see how it fares against its main competitor, the Core i5-3470 (3.2 GHz, USD 200). We also included in our comparison the AMD CPU that used to be the highest-end model, the FX-8150 (3.6 GHz, USD 190 currently, USD 280 at its release), and what was then its main competitor, the Core i5-2500K (3.3 GHz, USD 220). For curiosity sake, we also added to the comparison the Phenom II X6 1100T (3.3 GHz, USD 190 when it was sold), which used to be AMD's fastest CPU before the release of the FX family.
AMD introduced its new FX-series processors almost exactly a year ago, and AMD enthusiasts hoped these Zambezi CPUs, built on AMD's new Bulldozer architecture, would provide real competition to Intel's Sandy Bridge line. But although the FX-8150 had eight integer cores and was capable of high clock speeds, its high price and poor performance at the individual core level meant that it wasn't very competitive with the equivalent Intel CPUs. Now we have the AMD FX-8350 CPU, code-named Vishera and based on the Piledriver architecture to test. Has AMD managed to reduce the performance deficit relative to Intel?
The Bulldozer design was refreshed as Piledriver, and AMD made several key improvements in order to get power consumption down, and performance up. We already reviewed Trinity, their all-in-one APU solution that uses two Piledriver cores in conjunction with a Radeon GPU, and found it to be favorable over its main competition (Intel’s Core i3 3220). But a 95W CPU with built-in graphics isn’t exactly what most enthusiasts are interested in. No, we want a powerful CPU to work with a discrete video card, is tweakable, and won’t break the bank. For the past while, that has meant the Intel Core i5 CPU, such as the Ivy Bridge based i5 3570K, and the Sandy Bridge based i5 2500K. AMD is aiming directly for that CPU, and directly for you, the enthusiast.
The Silverstone HE01 is a dual tower heatsink built on a 6 heatpipe design. As we all know heatsink performance is largely based on how fast you can move heat from one place to another. In the case of air cooling, a fan is tasked with moving air across the heatsink to start the thermal transfer. The more surface area you have, the better the heat transfer.
We've looked at many SSDs here, and they've mostly been implementations of the popular SandForce NAND controller. While this isn't a bad thing, as the performance offered by those drives have been good, it's good to see more competition in the growing SSD market. The last generation of drives we looked at from OCZ fit this mould. The Vertex 3 series SSDs used the SF-2280 series of controllers, but with the Vertex 4 series, OCZ chose to go with something different. Fresh off aquisition of Indilinx, the Vertex 4 uses the Everest 2 controller. We'll see how it performs and if it's a worthy successor in OCZ's Vertex series.
The Rosewill CAPSTONE series of 80 PLUS GOLD certified power supplies are said to deliver unprecedented performance, uncompromised features with unbeatable efficiency that is vital to today's high-end system. The Rosewill CAPSTONE-750 power supply is rated at 750W @ 50°C and uses a single +12V rail with 62 Amps to get the job done. Read on to see how it performs when we test it out on our custom test bench!
The Deep Silence 1, also known as DS1, is the first mid-tower case from the German manufacturer, Nanoxia. It features foam everywhere to reduce the noise produced by the computer, and it has eight expansion slots, allowing you to install up to four high-end video cards, as long as you have a compatible motherboard. Let's see if this new release is worth our recommendation.
Golden Emperor International Limited is what the abbreviation GeIL stands for. Today we introduce one of their brand new EVO VELOCE DDR3 Hardcore gaming memory kits. For once not a dual channel 8GB kit running at blistering speeds. But a whopping dual channel 16GB kit, running at a moderate 2133MHz at acceptable CAS 10 Latency timings. Maybe a perfect kit for those that want to buy adequately fast paced ram right now and have the option to upgrade later to a massive 32GB, by adding a 2nd kit. Without further ado let's open the package and see what these VELOCEs can offer us...
The new GeForce GTX 650 Ti is the latest GPU from NVIDIA, targeted to video cards on the USD 150 segment. The Gigabyte GV-N65TOC-2GI comes overclocked, with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory instead of 1 GB and a better cooling solution than the standard model. Let’s take a look at the performance of Gigabyte’s GV-N65TOC-2GI version of the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti video card, which comes with factory overclocking, 2 GB of memory, and a better cooling solution.
This morning NVIDIA released the new Geforce GTX 650 Ti video card. The Geforce GTX 650 Ti is theentry point to the GeForce GTX family of high-performance graphics cards. Like the GeForce GTX 650, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti was designed for gaming at the most common gaming resolution of 1920x1080. Read on to see how this $150 graphics card performs when put to the test!
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX series traditionally offers enthusiast-level performance with features like multi-card SLI pairing and GPU Boost application-driven variable overclocking technology. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card keeps with tradition in terms of performance by offering the capable GK106 GPU with 768 CUDA cores, but skips past some of the top-end extras. Nevertheless, NVIDIA Kepler GPU architecture delivers additional proprietary features such as: 3D Vision, Adaptive Vertical Sync, multi-display Surround, PhysX, and TXAA antialiasing. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card with DirectX 11 video games.
Ninjalane has posted their review of the GTX 650 Ti, it may not be an enthusiast GPU but it makes for a great PhysX processor. NVidia GTX 650Ti Three Way Roundup In this review we will be looking at the last and final Kepler based GPU to be released in 2012 the GTX 650 Ti. 650 Ti is designed to bring "Ti" style performance to the GTX 650 family by using a GK106 GPU (used for the GTX 660) with 768 CUDA cores enabled and a 925Mhz Base Clock.
AMD being typical AMD, they want to make it easy for their users to upgrade, much like we saw with AM2+ and AM3+. Sadly, for users of the Llano FM1 socket processors, you will need to upgrade your board to the newer FM2 socket, but now AMD are adamant that FM2 will last around 3 years and will support the future, next generation processors. Under the FM2 socket, you will also notice three key chipsets; A55, A75 and A85X depending on your uses and of course budget.
If you want to spend under $200 on a discrete graphics card you have a large number of choices, but one card that recently managed to catch our attention is the AMD Radeon HD 7850. The AMD Radeon HD 7850 came out on March 4, 2012 and cost $249.99 when we originally reviewed the reference card. This video card is now seven months old and the price for an entry level AMD Radeon HD 7850 card has fallen below $180! The XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition is one of those cards and what we are looking at today!
Right on track, well after Ivy Bridge, AMD has released their second generation of Accelerated Processing Units in the form of the Trinity series A10-5800K and the A8-5600K. Last week, we brought you a preview of these two APUs just to give you a taste of their gaming performance and some of their specifications. Today, at Benchmark Reviews, we are going in detail for a full work-over of the A10-5800K APU.
Today AMD launches the new Trinity APU lines based on the Piledriver architecture. We have in their latest A10-588K and A8-566K APU's for testing. GPU as well as CPu enhancements await end users with this new product line. The big question on everyones mind is "Does Trinity close the gap and finally provide a compelling argument to the Ivy Bridge CPU. There's no doubt that Intel retains the performance crown but the really compelling argument is in where AMD is headed. The question you should be asking yourself is " What should I be looking for in a processor?"
The internal testing from AMD that we can see above shows a 37% increase in the 3DMark 11 score between the first generation A-Series Llano and this generation of A-Series Trinity. While our numbers don't match their numbers exactly, our Llano system scored 1115 3Dmarks while the AMD internal testing showed 1150 3DMarks. Our AMD A10-5800K scored 1521 3DMarks while they scored 1570. The overall difference was remarkably similar, AMD is boasting an increase of 37% and we saw a difference of 36.4%...
Over the past year, the SSD product landscape has changed drastically. Performance has gone up, prices have dropped, and new competitors have emerged in the market place. One company that has been around through this and more is Samsung. While it's not the biggest consumer brand for SSDs, Samsung has a big presence in the industry. As a long term supplier of SSDs to Apple, Dell, and HP; Samsung has had a lot of experience building and designing SSDs. Today we'll be looking at one of Samsung's consumer oriented SSDs, the 256GB 830 series, to see how it compares.
The new Dominators boast new heat spreaders and newer ICs that should result in some nice performance. The series consist of kits ranging from 8GB to 64GB with frequencies from 1600MHz to an incredible hand-tested 2666MHz. We got our hot little hands on a 8GB kit of 1866MHz modules, so we are excited to get to the test phase of this review.
In this review we will look upon another high performance USB 3.0 flash drive from Patriot Memory, named Supersonic Rage XT, the 32GB variant. In the performed benchmarks, the product succeeded to beat all previously tested USB 3.0 drives regarding read speeds, the write ones being also very good and close to the ones reported by Patriot Memory.
Some of the finer features of the Antec One mid-tower case include the two 120mm exhaust fans, tool-less drive installation, power supply intake filter, power supply anti-vibration feet, large CPU bracket cut-out, and plenty of options for cable routing. This is all offered without the premium price that enthusiast cases typically have.
The latest chipset from Intel, the Z77, has been around for a little while now and has certainly spurred a lot of interest by aftermarket motherboard manufacturers. Little actually changed between the Z68 chipset and the Z77 chipset. Z77 added Smart connect to let you receive emails while your computer is asleep and Rapid Start to speed up boot times. With so little changing, it is up to the manufacturers to pack their motherboards so full of features that they stand out above the rest of the competition. That is exactly what Biostar has done with the Hi-Fi Z77X.
The Flex Edition series of video cards from Sapphire was a series that I wasn't sure would ever take off. To be honest, from a sales point of view, I have no idea how they've done, but they're obviously doing okay for Sapphire, as they continue to release more and more models under the Flex Edition name.
AMD is allowing us to post a preview article up on the 2nd generation AMD A-Series APU that was formerly codenamed "Trinity". AMD says this new APU offers improvements across the board when compared to the previous generation thanks to the new "Piledriver" CPU cores and AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics technology. Read on to see how this new APU performs when we put it to the test in some game titles!
The Scout 2 looks great and the installation is improved in every way. Gone is the cramped space and limited cooling options. In place of that is a solid mid-tower design with the potential to run with the popular full-tower cases with a attractive price.